Commuters from Mysore who are planning to take a flight from the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) can now book bus tickets to ferry them to the airport, or from the airport to Mysore, with the launch of the Fly Bus facility by KSRTC on Aug. 14.
About 20 passengers left for BIA yesterday in the air-conditioned multi-axle bus which has individual TV screens fixed to all seats with about 60 channels apart from Wi-Fi, GPS and display of real-time arrival and departure of flights at BIA.
The bus is also equipped with mobile chargers, chemical toilet, pantry, oven, freezer and electric kettle.
Nambudri Chettiar, a businessman from Chennai who left for BIA yesterday after a business meet in city, told SOM that he was taking the Fly Bus to BIA as it would avoid traffic congestion in Bangalore and the need to change the bus or take an alternate transport to the airport.
Adrienne, a foreign national who was also in the bus, said that this was her first trip in the bus and hoped that the journey would be a pleasant one.
Most of the commuters had booked the tickets online for their journey.
The cost of the ticket is Rs. 990 and an additional Rs. 10 for online booking. The Fly Bus will ply twice a day from Sub-urban Bus Stand in city at 2 pm and 2 am to reach BIA at 6 pm and 5.45 am respectively and will depart from BIA at 9.45 am and 9.45 pm to reach Mysore at 1.45 pm and 1.30 am respectively.
B.V.Srinivas, Divisional Controller, KSRTC (Mysore Rural), said that connecting buses to Sub-urban Bus Stand to catch the Fly Bus will be provided from various points of the city, which of course will cost extra.
He added that ticket booking could be done on KSRTC website www.ksrtc.in or www.makemytrip.com, www.redbus.com etc. as well as flight booking centres.
He also said that steps would be taken to make tourists, delegates, industrialists and others aware of the Fly Bus services.
The Divisional Controller said after seeing the success of the route, the services would be extended to Infosys in city, Electronic City in Bangalore and other places.
This 40-seater bus takes the NICE road, there would be no traffic jams and it would be a pleasant journey to the commuters, he added.
The introduction of the Fly Bus service was based on a survey done by KSTRC, the Airport Authority of India and BIA. The survey also found that passengers from Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Salem and Trichy travel through the Chennai airport, while those from Tirupati, and Ananthpur through the Hyderabad airport. However, choosing BIA would save time and is economical, considering the cost of travel.
Courtesy : Star Of Mysore